May 18, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For J. Barrett and Janet VanDame, Franconia Township had the perfect house, just what they needed five years ago for taking care of his parents, both 95 years old. "We had been looking for something with single-floor living that could accommodate them, and this was it," Barrett VanDame says of the house they moved to from Souderton Borough. Halver and Mary VanDame have died since their son and daughter-in-law moved to this Montgomery County community, but Barrett and Janet have no intention of leaving Franconia.
April 29, 2015 |
As they walked through M&S Centerless Grinding in Hatboro on Monday, its president, John Shegda, told Gov. Wolf that his company - and its workforce - have expanded dramatically in recent years. The company, founded by Shegda's father in the 1950s, makes precision rods and tubes for products ranging from pacemakers to guided missiles. One of his machines uses a computer-guided laser to cut rods "within 20 millionths of an inch," Shegda said. Wolf used a tour of the Montgomery County plant to emphasize the need to match career training with local employers' needs.
June 26, 2013 |
Chas Tranausky is spending the early summer days busing tables at a restaurant and deciding what to do next in his life. It's a common tale for a new high school graduate. The less ordinary part is this: The Bensalem 18-year-old never thought he would earn a diploma. Most of the 30 seniors in the Class of 2013 probably didn't think they would either, since they all ended up at Lakeside School in Horsham Township because of difficulties at their previous schools. "I know we all have walked down a pretty rough life," Tranausky said in his graduation speech.
December 22, 2009 |
Mark G. Garis, 72, of Souderton, an educator in the Souderton Area School District for more than 30 years, died of a brain tumor Friday at his home. Dr. Garis became principal of Franconia Elementary School in 1967 and later was principal of Lower Salford Elementary School. From 1994 until 1998 he was the district's superintendent. "He was a tremendous educational leader. He was someone who was a mentor to me and someone that I could ask for advice," said Lowell A. Tinner, who succeeded Dr. Garis as superintendent.
December 19, 2004 |
The sloping lane that led from his rural home to the road was a quarter-mile long, so Harold Zook would start out early to get to the school bus on time. When he fell along the way, as he always did, his brothers and sisters would help him to his feet. Zook had a neuromuscular disorder, a mysterious condition that baffled his doctors. As his body grew, his ligaments and tendons did not keep pace. His arms refused to straighten, and his gait became labored and short. If he faltered, he usually got up on his own. On the long, exhausting walks to the school bus, however, he allowed himself to be rescued.
May 12, 2004 |
To ease overcrowding, the Souderton Area School District wants to buy 158 acres of farmland for a new high school. The ensuing debate represents the battle of wills between high-growth suburban districts in need of new schools and "smart growth" advocates seeking to curb sprawl. Similar arguments have erupted in the West Chester Area, Perkiomen Valley and Central Bucks Districts. The site the district wants is in Upper Salford Township in north-central Montgomery County - countryside best known for the Old Pool Farm, host each August to the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
January 18, 2001 |
The last time enrollment at Souderton High School crept toward the building's 1,600-student capacity, the ninth grade packed up and moved to Indian Crest Junior High School. Now, projections show the high school will have 1,550 students by 2003, and the Souderton Area School District may need to take more drastic measures. "I don't think we can move the sophomores out, too," principal Susan Beerman said. A new high school will be one remedy considered by a district-wide demographics committee that will begin meeting next month to develop a plan to accommodate the growing population across the district's nine schools.
January 8, 2001 |
Going beyond identification cards, clear bookbags and security systems to keep crime out of classrooms, the Souderton Area School District has put a hotline into place that students and residents can use to report trouble anonymously. "You never know when your information will save a life," WPVI-TV (Channel 6) news anchor Rick Williams told Souderton High School students at an assembly introducing them to the Crime Busters Hotline. Posters, magnets and other promotional materials have been put up in classrooms and sent home to families advertising the number, 215-546-8477, said Nicholas Chubb, assistant to the superintendent.
April 10, 2000 |
The Network of Victim Assistance will try to focus attention on the problem of dating violence by bringing a powerful one-woman play to two Bucks County high schools this week. Teenagers at Quakertown High School and at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne will see performances of The Yellow Dress on Thursday. "The way it is handled is very dramatic and moving and really brings home the trauma and pain of datingviolence," said Barbara Clark, the network's executive director. The play, which will be followed by a panel discussion, is produced by Deana's Fund, established in Massachusetts in 1994 after the death of Deana Brisbois, a victim of dating violence.
August 3, 1999 |
Montgomery County Court Judge Calvin Drayer Jr. yesterday dismissed a lawsuit that contended the Souderton Area School District had not awarded a roughly $500,000 contract for electrical work at Salford Hills Elementary School to the lowest responsible bidder. The lowest, yes, but not the most responsible, argued the plaintiffs' attorney, Steven Marino. Salvatore Scardino, one of two plaintiffs, testified that he became involved in the case only after Marino, a lawyer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, approached him about filing the suit.